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Research Interests:
Arts, Humanities
Discipline: Comparative Literature
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr. Nazry Bahrawi specialises in the study of Muslim texts, thoughts and traditions of Indian Ocean cultures between Muslim Southeast Asia and the Middle East. His research is informed by decolonial theory, world literature, translation studies as well as literary and critical theory.

He is an associate editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst & Co.), a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues which presents Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times. Dr. Nazry has translated two literary works from Bahasa to English by Singapore’s Cultural Medallion winners — Mohamed Latiff Mohamed’s collection of short stories, Lost Nostalgia (Ethos: 2017) and Nadiputra’s play, Lorong Buang Kok: The Musical (Cokelat: 2012).

Beyond the academia, he has published op-ed commentaries on Southeast Asian culture and society in international media platforms such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today. His broadcast media appearances as a cultural critic include current affairs programmes aired on Al Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia, TRT World and Suria.

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Peer-Reviewed Edited Volume 

Selected Book Chapters

  • “Weretigers in Weretexts: Cultural Translation and Indigeneity in the Malay Archipelago”. Translational Politics: Contesting Race, Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Literature. Ed.: Grace V.S. Chin. New York: Routledge, 2019 (Under review)
  • “Utopia”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
  • “Multiculturalism”. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Eds.: Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Wiley-Blackwell: Malden MA, Jan 2016
  • “Not My Bible’s Keeper: Saramago’s Cain Translates Postsecular Dissent”, Reading the Abrahamic Faiths: Rethinking Religion and LiteratureEds.: Emma Mason and Nazry Bahrawi. London: Bloomsbury, Dec 2014

Selected Essays

Book Review


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Warwick (2013)
  • MSc in General and Comparative Literature (distinction), University of Edinburgh (2009)
  • BA (Hon.) in English Language and Literature, SIM University (2007)


  • World literature and literary translation
  • Arabic and Malay literature and thought
  • Literature and theology
  • Utopia and dystopia
  • Secularism and modernity
  • Travel narratives


  • Toji Cultural Residency in South Korea, 2019
  • National University of Singapore-Middle East Institute Research Fellowship (Postdoctoral), 2011-2016
  • Muhammadiyah Ibnu Sina Award (for PhD studies), 2010-2011
  • Islamic Religious Council of Singapore Postgraduate Scholarship (for PhD studies), 2009-2010
  • British Chevening Scholarship (for Masters degree), 2008-2009